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Minutes provided by Sue Ellen Richey, Recording Secretary

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IRC Regular and Ex-officio Voting Members: Judith Adkison, College of Education; Ginny Anderson, Fiscal Affairs; Donna Asher, Administrative Affairs; Craig Berry, School of Visual Arts; Cengiz Capan, College of Business, GALC; Bobby Carter, UNT Health Science Center; Christy Crutsinger, Faculty Senate; Jim Curry, Academic Administration; VACANT, Student Association; Duncan Engler, University Planning Council; Don Grose, Libraries; Jenny Jopling, Instruction Program Group; Joneel Harris, EIS Project Group; Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Standards and Cooperation Program Group; Abraham John, Student Affairs; Christine Mitchamore, Graduate Student Council; Ramu Muthiah, School of Community Services; Jon Nelson, College of Music; Robert Nimocks, Director, Information Technology, UNTHSC; Patrick Pluscht, Distributed Learning Team; Mark Rorvig, Research Program Group (Acting Chair); Paul Schlieve, Communications Program Group; Kathleen Swigger, College of Arts and Sciences; Philip Turner, School of Library and Information Science and University Planning Council (Chair, IRC); Virginia Wheeless, Chancellor for Planning. IRC Ex-officio Nonvoting Members: VACANT, Telecommunications; Charles Andrews, GALMAC; Bill Buntain, Computing Center Networking; Jim Curry, Microcomputer Maintenance Shop; Richard Harris, Computing Center and University Planning Council; Coy Hoggard, Computing Center/Administrative; VACANT, UNT Health Science Center; Maurice Leatherbury, Computing Center/Academic; Sue Ellen Richey, Computing Center (Recording Secretary). [As of 9/2001]

March 26, 2002

VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: PHILIP TURNER, Chair, DON GROSE, ELIZABETH HINKLE-TURNER, DUNCAN ENGLER, CRISTINE MITCHAMORE, LOU ANN BRADLEY, JON NELSON, CHRISTY CRUTSINGER, JIM CURRY, PAUL HONS (for JUDITH ADKISON), ARMIN MIKLER, TOM JACOBS, SEAN HIATT, RAMU MUTHIAH, WIL CLARK (for JOHN PRICE), DONNA ASHER

NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: PATRICK PLUSCHT, MAURICE LEATHERBURY, KENN MOFFITT, CHARLES ANDREWS, BILL BUNTAIN, SUE ELLEN RICHEY (Recording Secretary)

MEMBERS ABSENT: COY HOGGARD, RICHARD HARRIS, VIRGINIA WHEELESS, JENNY JOPLING, JONEEL HARRIS, DOUG MAINS, ROBERT NIMOCKS, BOBBY CARTER, CRAIG BERRY, ABRAHAM JOHN, GINNY ANDERSON, CENGIZ CAPAN

GUESTS: JENNIFER LAFLEUR, STEVE TAYLOR

Minutes Approved

The minutes of the February 19, 2002 meeting were approved with one correction on page two, last paragraph, as follows:

“Ken Moffitt, the new Chair of the Standards & Policy Planning Group, reported that they are working on a new Web and Accessibility Policy.”

DCSMT

Maurice Leatherbury reported for DCSMT that the committee that has been looking into Office XP issues has come to the conclusion that it works with no problems with all of the known applications on campus; therefore, departments are free to make their own decision about when to roll the software product out.

Communication Program Group

Lou Ann Bradley reported for the Communication Program Group and distributed copies of the revised policy for the Addition of Devices to UNT-NET, which had a first reading at the February IRC meeting. Christy Crutsinger seconded the presentation of this new policy. Bill Buntain explained during discussion that the policy covers both communication devices as well as devices which provide communications services (such as servers). In a vote of the Council members present, the policy was approved.

EIS Planning Group

Maurice Leatherbury stated that members of the EIS Planning Group are in California visiting corporate headquarters of Oracle and PeopleSoft, having just returned from a corporate visit to SCT in Pennsylvania. The group has also completed site visits to the University of Houston and UT HSC at San Antonio.

Research Planning Group

Armin Mikler reported for the Research Planning Group that the committee met last month and selected him as Chair. The group will meet again today to develop a new goal statement for the committee.

Student Computing Planning Group

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported for the Student Computing Planning Group that their next meeting will be on April 1st to plan a presentation to students at Freshman Orientation regarding computing services available on campus.

Distributed Learning Team

Patrick Pluscht reported that the Distributed Learning Team has not met since the last IRC meeting but will meet this Thursday to consider the WebCT Privacy Policy. The Teaching With Technology Grants are being reviewed and hopefully the awards can be announced in mid April. The Texas Distance Learning Association will be holding its meeting on April 2-4 at the Westin-Beechwood Hotel. There is still time to register, but Patrick also asked for volunteers to staff meeting rooms and help in other ways. If anyone know of someone who would be interested in volunteering have them contact Brenda Ritz at Center for Distributed Learning. He stated that there will be 107 break-out sessions, including some “how to” seminars and the Governor of South Dakota will be the key-note speaker.

UNT North Campus

Duncan Engler asked if the IRC will be dealing with the facilitation of the new UNT north campus. Don Grose commented that he believes that all of the Planning Groups will be involved as the project proceeds. Bill Buntain added that the Computing Center is already working with Verizon, the City of Denton, and Co-Serve to get fiber between the main campus and the new north campus building. He stated that the building structure is optimal for communications so they don’t anticipate any problems and are trying to get all of the wiring completed before anyone moves out there.

Downloading of Copyrighted Files

Maurice Leatherbury reported that he has been receiving notices from the motion picture industry regarding the downloading of copyrighted files through the web, by students. Several students have been disciplined through the Dean of Students Office, and Maurice said he sent out a blanket email to all students warning about such activities.

IRC Meeting Schedule

The IRC generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 2-4 p.m., in the Administration Building Board Room. From time to time there are planned exceptions to this schedule. This fiscal year, the December meeting was changed to December 11th, the April meeting was cancelled, and the May meeting to May 7th. All meetings of the IRC, its program groups, and other committees, are open to all faculty, staff, and students.